Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Invitation to Read in Public

The next open mic reading will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 pm at Cafe Acoustic (2605 Frederick Ave.; 671-1141). Come by and share something you've written--fiction, non-fiction, non-prose fiction, non-prose non-fiction, whatever you have!

See you there!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Canvas Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting to Canvas is quickly approaching. Please turn in any submissions by next Wednesday, March 4th. The submissions can either be electronically submitted through the Canvas website ( or dropped off to the English, Foreign Languages, and Journalism office in Eder Hall. Any students , faculty, staff, and alumni of Missouri Western may submit work.

We are searching for the following forms of unpublished, creative work for Canvas:
Fiction and Non-Fiction manuscripts up to 3,000 words
Poetry not to exceed five pieces
Photographs in black and white not larger than 10"x12"
Photographs of 3-dimensional art in black and white
Color Cover Art

Please contact Katy Strasser with any further questions.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Exchange Student Shares Story

Tamir Batchuluun, a French major here at Western, is off to Angers, France to study at the Université d'Angers for the semester. There she'll live in a university dormitory and take 12 hours of French language, history, and literature. This opportunity is available through our exchange agreement with the Université d'Angers. We have hosted three French students over the past few years and Tamir is the fifth Western student to study at Angers for a semester or more. The following is from Tamir:

The first week in Angers was surreal. I arrived in Paris on Friday morning. The train ride from Paris to Angers was an hour and a half and even though I was exhausted from my travels, I couldn’t help but look out the window of the train to get the feel of what France looked like. There was not much scenery, except for a lot of countryside and a few little towns, but very different from home. It was hard to believe that I was in France. Once I arrived in Angers, the very kind foreign exchange program director Michel Darmon was at the train station waiting to pick up several kids from the United States. Most of us had to take the bus to get to our dorm, which was very new to a lot of us since none of us had ridden the bus back home. Looking out from the bus window, Angers was a pretty little town. Very French, as in the buildings were what I pictured them to look like.

The next day we had orientation for the exchange students since classes were to start on Monday. After the orientation I went to venture the town that I would be living in for the next six months. I was surprised to find out that it was a very modern town.
Throughout the week we got to go to different classes to see if we liked them and then we were to choose 12 credit hours worth after the first week. The French students do not have this privilege. Their schedules are already made for them from the school and they go to only those classes.

I found it very hard to understand most of the classes I went to, because the teachers spoke very fast. I hope by the end of my stay, I will have no trouble understanding.

[More to come]

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jane Frick a Grandmother . . . Again!

Hearing that Ann Thorne had a granddaughter arrive, Jane decided to have one as well. Camryn Whitney Frick was born to Jane's son Chris and his wife Priscilla (and Camryn's big sister, Mackenzie) on February 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM.

Congratulations, Jane (and Grandpa Lyman)!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Surviving and Thriving as a Foreign Language Teacher

What is it like to teach high school French? Spanish?
English as a Foreign Language?
First-year teachers tell it like it is.

Wednesday, February 18th 4:00 p.m.Eder 210

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Spring Foreign Film Series Dates Announced

Foreign Film Series from February 13th to April 17th

Friday, February 13th: Cocalero (US/Bolivia, 2006), Dir.: Alejandro Landes.
Presented by Dr. Karina Vázquez (EFLJ)
Hearnes 102

Wednesday, February 25th: Offside (Iran, 2006), Dir.: Jafar Panahi
Presented by Dr. Eduardo Castilla-Ortíz (EFLJ)
Kemper Recital Hall

Monday, March 2nd: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France, 2007), Dir: Jean-Dominique Bauby. Presented by Dr. Susan Hennessy (EFLJ)
Hearnes 102

Friday, March 20th: Enlightenment Guaranteed (Germany 2001), Dir.: Doris Dörrie.
Presented by. Courtney Kneupper (Northwestern
Hearnes 102

Friday, March 27th: The Road Home (China, 2000), Dir. Yimou Zhang
Presented by Dr. Tingxiu Wang (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics)
Hearnes 102

All sessions will start at 6:30 PM